Mediator Release Testing
MEDIATOR RELEASE TESTING FOR FOOD SENSITIVITIES
The Mediator Release Test (MRT) is a patented food sensitivity test by Oxford Biomedical Technologies, INC. It is the most accurate means to test hidden inflammatory responses to 140 foods and 30 food-chemicals/additives via blood work. The MRT test indirectly measures the release of over 100 mediators that can cause symptoms and it quantifies or measures the degree of each reaction.
MRT testing along with the Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) protocol provides an individualized ImmunoCalm eating plan. A Certified LEAP Therapist has been trained to help food sensitive individuals and administer this anti-inflammatory eating plan, which is where I come in. By customizing your diet and helping you consume your "least reactive" foods, this gives your immune system time to calm because the "root cause" via diet has been addressed.
MORE ABOUT FOOD SENSITIVITIES
Food sensitivities are also immune mediated (Type 3 Immune Complex Mediated and Type 4 Cell-Mediated Hypersensitivity) reactions, but are dose-sensitive (a small amount may not provoke symptoms, but a large amount of the reactive food will). They are considered delayed onset reactions, producing symptoms from hours to days later, which make them difficult to diagnose.
In a food sensitivity reaction, the immune system identifies a food or chemical as foreign and harmful, and immune mechanisms (IgG, IgA, IgM, Complement, Sensitized T-Cells, etc.) trigger immune cells to attack. These immune cells can release over 300 different chemical mediators (histamine, cytokines, prostaglandins, etc.) to destroy the invaders. As a result, tissue inflammation and damage occurs leading to symptoms. Symptoms can include: sinus pain, congestion, sore throat, joint pain, edema, “brain fog,” depression, insomnia, GI distress (gas, bloating, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome), headaches including migraines, skin rashes, itchiness, etc. Any area of the body can become inflamed when exposed to the offending food or chemical. Not only does exposure to food sensitivities cause you to suffer from various symptoms, but over time this is detrimental to your immune system, and can interfere with your ability to fight illnesses and diseases